Xenophobia: 400 Nigerians To Return From South Africa

Africa News

Following continuous xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other Africans residing in South Africa, at least 400 Nigerians have indicated interest in returning to the country.


Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul General made this known on Sunday, saying plans have been concluded for the evacuation of Nigerians.

He added that sequel to the attacks in Johannesburg, Air Peace offered to airlift Nigerians willing to be repatriated.

"We have more than enough for that aircraft. Over 400 Nigerians have already registered; more are still coming," he said.

Adama also disclosed that the first batch of returnees is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

Also speaking, Nigerian High Commissioner To South Africa, Kabiru Bala said those are willing to return are being issued necessary travel documents.

"We are documenting them.

Those without travel documents, we shall provide them with Emergency Travel Certificates.

"There are other governmental procedures that we must observe.

Relevant agencies of government in Nigeria must be informed and must be ready to receive the returnees.

"Hard work is now going on at the High Commission and Consulate in this regard.

As soon as all procedures and relevant protocols are observed, the return is assured and guaranteed.

"A little more patience will be helpful.

The response of Nigerians is just amazing," Mr Bala said.

However, Ben Okoli, Nigeria Citizens Association, South Africa (NICASA) said they are working towards getting compensation for properties lost, appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for the steps he took to ensure Nigerians’ case be treated as a priority.